Putting Love First

...we seek to be a fully inclusive community of faith, transforming lives and Downtown Lafayette through the grace of Jesus Christ.

What To Expect?

  • You should expect to be warmly greeted and to feel right at home on your first visit. You’re certain to find friendly people who are ready to help you find your way without overwhelming you. Our Sunday morning worship is structured in a traditional, liturgical format. And whether you’ve been to a church before or not, you’ll find that the worship service is simple to follow, with teachings that are meaningful, thoughtful and relevant to your life. ALL are invited to come as you are!

Celebrating 175 Years in Lafayette

In 2020, we celebrated 175 years of Methodism in Acadiana. From the first Circuit Riders to our region in 1845, to our current physical location completed in 1925, First United Methodist Church has sought to offer God's love and grace to all throughout our community. We hope you will consider celebrating with us as we continue to live out our vision of "Putting Love First."


In an attempt to "Do No Harm," and practice the greatest of care for one another, the leadership of First UMC is in continuous dialogue concerning the best course of action for our community of faith during these unprecedented times.

Here is what you can expect under our current safe guidelines:

-We strongly recommend that everyone over the age of two, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask when in the church building, and especially during worship.

-It is especially important to keep your masks on when singing, as we now know that this can more easily spread viral particles into the surrounding air.

- Pastors and worship leaders will only remove masks when publicly leading worship.

-Middle section of pews will be marked for social distancing, and we ask that you be mindful when seating yourself in other areas to space out away from others.

-Child Care is available during worship, but Coffee Fellowship will remain on pause for now.

-A combined adult Sunday School class is now meeting meet each week before worship at 9:00am in our Social Hall. We ask that masks are worn & social distancing is followed.

-For those who are not comfortable returning to in-person worship, or who are not able to join us, we will continue to offer the opportunity to participate via Facebook Live through our FUMC page (

Thank you for your prayers and support and we look forward to seeing you again soon!